YMMV: The Mountain Goats

  • Archive Panic: Seventeen studio albums, three compilations, numerous singles and EP releases, many tour-exclusive or otherwise rare, as well as multiple songs never officially recorded...
    • To add to it, Darnielle will occasionally do things like hold auctions to sell cassettes that have no copies to raise money for charity.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The rarely-performed "Going to Dade County", in which the husband of the Alpha Couple watches the wife turn into a housecat. You think that we're making this up to amuse ourselves, or to amuse you, but you are wrong.
  • Broken Base: A dwindling but still-vocal contingent holds the early super-lo-fi recordings above latter-day studio work.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Some people are introduced to the Mountain Goats through the use of its songs in Season 3 of Moral Orel, namely "No Children" in 'Numb', "Love Love Love" in 'Passing', and "Old College Try" in 'Help'.
  • Covered Up: Some fans may not realize live favourite "Houseguest" is actually by keyboardist Franklin Bruno's other band, Nothing Painted Blue.
  • Genius Bonus: John Darnielle is one of the most well-read singers in music. He's written songs about everything from HP Lovecraft to obscure boxing champs to minor Greek political events.note 
  • Growing the Beard: The Hound Chronicles is considered (even by Darnielle himself) to be the beginning of the signature Mountain Goats style, while Taboo VI: The Homecoming is... rougher.
  • Magnum Opus: Tallahassee or The Sunset Tree, for most fans. For the ones that don't consider albums featuring the band to be authentic Mountain Goats, the picks for best album are usually Zopilote Machine or, more commonly, All Hail West Texas.
  • Painful Rhyme: Apparently, in the song "Indonesia", John almost rhymed the title with the word 'Rafflesia' (a flower that grows in said country).
  • Tear Jerker: Dozens.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: See Broken Base.